When the time comes to purchase a new car, there are a few things that need to be done. First and foremost, you’ll need to choose a vehicle that fits your budgetary requirements. Secondly, you’ll need a vehicle that compliments your lifestyle. For example, while driving a coupe convertible is great for a summer’s day, it’s impractical if you’ve got a family and live in an area with cold winters. While you will have to determine the best vehicle for you on your own, we suggest that you always take a test drive before buying. Here are five things to check for when test driving a vehicle.

Highway Handling

If possible, we recommend taking the vehicle out on a 400 series highway or an expressway that exceeds 100km/hr. While on these roads, you can really get a feel for the handling and controlling the vehicle. Additionally, you’ll be able to test the engine and see how well it handles rapid acceleration and braking.

Furthermore, driving down the highway will give you an idea of how quiet your drive is. With the radio off, monitor the sounds that you hear. Do you hear a lot of noise coming from the engine as the vehicle travels? Do you hear any wind getting through the crack of your car window and doors? Or are there any unusual noises coming from your tires? If any of these noises are noticeable and disruptive while driving, make sure to let the dealership know about your concerns.

Backseat Space and Comfort

We suggest bringing a close friend or family member with a valid driver’s license to the test drive so that you can experience what it feels like to sit in the back of the vehicle. If you have little kids or carpool with more than one person, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle’s back seat is comfortable, if not spacious. Furthermore, make sure all of the seatbelts are operational. 

Electronics

When you’re taking your car out for a test drive, it’s important to check that all of the electronic components are fully functional. First, check the essential components like your windshield wipers, your fog lights button, your horn, and your signals. Next, begin checking the other electronic components in your vehicle, including the interior light switches, the radio and its volume settings, power window switches, and the Bluetooth. If any of these electronics are malfunctioning, make sure to let the dealership know following your test drive. 

To book a test drive, check out our website or call us and we’ll set you up with an appointment. For all other questions, contact The Car Club today!